[C76] Ui-70 – The Gift

So the Comiket 76 reviews start. I’d like to review x2 as I normally do. Wish me luck! Everything good comes out tomorrow but let’s pre-game right now.

Album Name: The Gift
Artist/Group: UI-70
Release Date: 08/14/09 (Comiket 76)
Website: http://ui-70.sakura.ne.jp/ui-70/

  1. ほおずきみたいに紅い魂
    I felt like punching my screen when this came on but that’s because I detest chiptune. I had vowed to finish this as a warm up though so even if it was an entire album like this, I was going to be forced to listen and write about the whole thing. Luckily that isn’t the case. I suppose i should say now I know nothing of UI-70. Even if I have reviewed something of theirs before, it was not memorable enough so that if this is some sort of compilation (which was the impression I got from the album cover), please excuse my ignorance on the matter.
  2. 懐かしき東方の血 ~ Old Blood
    Very light-hearted pop rock takes over. I’m sorely reminded of the bgm of Triggerheart Excelia. After coming to that realization, I couldn’t really take this song seriously. So far I am failing at my my job again.
  3. 霊知の太陽信仰 ~ Nuclear Fusion
    Nuclear Fusion is a very unique song in that it goes through many different ‘phases’ and sounds. In Touhou, probably none better mirrored than Immortal Smoke. That probably explains why it’s one of the most popular choices for guitarists. I, personally, have never sought out such remixes despite recently falling in love with Okuu’s theme. But Ui-70, I suppose, is supposed to be known for their guitars and hard sound rather than techno or whatelse have you. If that’s wht you’re looking for, this will please you mightily. If you aren’t, it’ll still be a great listen.
  4. 幻視の夜 ~ Ghostly Eyes
    I thought this was something from Synchrotronic Rezonator but it appears not to be. It’s a little more trance (for lack of a better description) than the previous guitar heavy tracks.
  5. UNオーエンは彼女なのか
    Where would we be without a U.N Owen remix? Luckily, this is made of badass and trip. Heavy guitar (two kinds, at that?) and something jazzy underlying. Probably what UI-70 should be more known for. Although I think if you wan’t heavy metal-esque remixes, you should stick to CROW’s CLAW.
  6. Reincarnation
    A little combination of what we saw in track four with that great-sounding rock. However, unlike U.N Owen and Nuclear Fusion, this is not a song that holds as much interest. At least probably not to those not as interested in this genre.
  7. 妖怪の山 ~ Mysterious Mountain
    Sythnesized instead of the usual rock. The whole album is a switch between or a combination between the two. So it’s really just a matter of taking your pick. This song is very serene and calm sounding. Probably an upgrade from the earlier simillar sounding song.
  8. クリスタライズシルバー
    Something different than what I just said. Pure jazz. Appealing to everyone? I guess. I can’t see a random group of people just sitting down and enjoying this as much as purits would. Suddenly I miss =Neutral=.
  9. 信仰は儚き人間の為に
    Ah, personally I enjoy this more than the previous two tracks. Maybe it’s because this sounds a little more unique than those two? Perhaps it just depends on what you normally listen to.
  10. 幽霊楽団 ~ Phantom Ensemble
    Someone once told me that a remix by UI-70 of Phantom Ensemble was what sold them on the song. While I know it isn’t this version, I wish it were. Acoustic jazz is someone’s cup of tea. And there are much, much better remixes of this song as well.
  11. 上海紅茶館 ~ Chinese Tea
    Interesting, interesting. Techno but done differently than the other tracks on the album. But it only stays interesting for awhile because it’s nine minutes long. I’d have preffered a nine minute long version of Nuclear Fusion. That would be delightful.

Fang’s Rating: 6/10
Reccomended Tracks: (03) 霊知の太陽信仰 ~ Nuclear Fusion, (05) UNオーエンは彼女なのか


  • alex

    August 18, 2009

    Meh, I really don’t like UI-70’s albums lately. The Rezonator (sp?) album was totally different, and If didn’t shine to me as much as the other albums (although it does have its merit). The Gift was a let-down to be honest, with the chiptunes at all.

  • Fang-tan

    August 19, 2009

    Yeah, I’ll probably give their next album a listen and if it’s as disappointing as this was I’ll probably give up on the circle altogether.

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